An integral part of any Indian wedding. Mehndi isn't just a beautifying ornament for the bride but it is a ritual of significant values, a pre wedding ritual, it takes place before one or two days before the wedding.
The bride's family mainly celebrates this fun filled ritual. Different regions of the country celebrate the ritual in a different way according to their own marriage customs, rituals, and culture. Celebrated according to their own customs and status of the people. The bride's family celebrates Mehendi party for gathering bride’s friends and relatives for blessing the bride as well as for amusement.
Professional mehendi artists are called to apply mehndi to the bride or even relatives may apply .
There are few places in India where it is a ritual that the first motif of henna or mehendi is applied by the bride’s sister-in-law whereas there are some places where the first mehendi motif is said to be auspicious if applied by bride’s mother.
Mehandi is one of the sixteen adornments of the bride and her beauty is incomplete without it.
The Mehendi signifies the transformation of the bride from a virgin girl to a temptress for her husband. As per Kama Sutra, henna is one of the sixty four arts of women. Conchshell, flowers, Kalash, peacock, doli and baraat patterns, koyri are the favorite motifs for bridal mehndi. The intricate motifs of the bridal henna also hide the husband’s name. It is said that the husband’s name in the intricate henna motifs is made for the groom who has to find out his name in his bride’s mehendi on the wedding night.
Mehendi function is usually organized with the sangeet function. So, it has a festive feel to it with the women dancing and singing traditional songs on the mehendi ritual. The bride is dressed in light color clothes with light jewelry so as to facilitate her to move around , dance and enjoy. According to the custom the bride must not step out of the house after the mehendi ritual until the wedding day. It is believed that the darker and deeper the henna stains the more the husband and the in-laws will love her bride. The ritual of mehendi signifies the strength and power of love in a marriage so it is regarded good omen for the would-be bride. It is said that the long the bride retains the mehendi, the more auspicious would be her future
Mehndi designs now a days include Arabic Mehndi, Rajasthani Mehndi, Crystal Mehndi, Tattoo Mehndi, etc.
Please refrain from the chemical mehendi as it may be harmful for your skin.
How to Organise your Mehendi Function
The Mehndi should be a relaxing evening. Here's how to keep it stress-free:
Try to have all the wedding preparations complete for the next day. That way, everyone will be able to focus on each other and enjoy the festivities.
Those who are getting mehndi (especially the bride) should wear clothing that is easy to remove without ruining the designs.
Choose some designs ahead of time and show them to the person who is applying your mehndi. Select a design that suits your taste! Make it as simple or heavy as you desire and match it to the cut of your outfits. For example, if your blouse has a deep back, apply a motif on your upper back.
In addition to your hands and feet, mehndi may be applied on your arms, back or wrists, stomach. Be creative!
- Chose the décor suiting your personality, you can have a cozy mehendi affair with desi baithaks and marigolds or you can go for elaborate set ups. The choice is yours.
- don't be pressurized in inviting the entire guest list. Mehendi is for the close relatives and friends.
- Plan the food well in advance. Include lot of finger food in the menu taking in consideration that everyone will apply mehendi and the ease of eating.
- Appoint mehendi artists for the guests.
- you can have a souvenir or some small gifts for your guests.
- one can also have a bangle stall.
- Music is the most important thing in creating any atmosphere. Below are the names of songs recommended for Mehendi, one can also have instrumental or live music.
- keep the party roaring with guests and relatives dancing.
mehendi songs for the function
1 ) Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna - Dilwale Dulhaniya Ley Jayengay
2 ) Mehndi Wali Raat - Qila
3 ) Mehndi Ki Raat Aai - Model
4 ) Mehndi Ni Mehndi - Deewana Mujh Sa Nahin
5 ) Saajan Saajan - Aarzoo
6 ) Bhumbro Bhumbro - Mission Kashmir
7 ) Mehndi Hai Rachney Wali - Zubeida
8 ) Likh Key Mehndi Se Sajna Ka Naam - Ishq Hua
9 ) Mehndi Lagao Gi Mein - Mehndi
10 ) Mehndi Mehndi - Chori Chori Chupke Chupke
some other songs u might like
- Maa da Ladla (Dostana) A nice one to tease your soon to be
- Zoor Ka Jatka (Action Replay)- Last chance to make the person see light about getting married.
- Bhootni Ke (Singh is King) and other song to tease the couple about getting married.
- Ek Kunwara Phir Gaya Maara (Masti)
- Rookmani Rookmani (Rosa)
- Main Joru Ka Ghulam (Joru Ka Ghulam)
- Aayee Mehndi Ki Yeh Raat – Jawad Ahmed
- Dulhan Koi Jab Jab – Shaadi Ke Geet
- Haathon Ki Mehndi Ke Rang Ne – Wedding Gift 6 – Mehndi Kay Geet
- Hai Ve Mere Hathan Di Mehndi – Malkit Singh
- Hari Hari Mehndi – Wedding Gift 6 – Mehndi Kay Geet
- Likh Ke Mehndi Se Sajna Ka Naam – Wedding Gift 6 – Mehndi Kay Geet
- Mehndi – Rahim Shah
- Mehndi Haathon Mein – Falguni Pathak – Marjhani Jhanjhar
- Mehndi Ki Raat – Models
- Mehndi & Mehndi (Shaadi Mix) – Haroon – Lagan
- Mehndi Lagane Ki Raat – Wedding Gift 6 – Mehndi Kay Geet
- Mehndi Lagaongi Main – Vibha Sharma
- Mehndi Mehndi Mehndi – Harbhajan Maan – Jhanjhar Di Chhankar
- Mehndi Ni Mehndi – Musrat Nazir
- Mehndi Rachegi Tere Haath Dholka Bajegi Saari Raat – Hadiqa
- Mehndi Rang Laayee – Wedding Gift 6 – Mehndi Kay Geet
- Mehndi Se Likh Gori – Wedding Gift 2 – Mehndi Kay Geet
- Mehndi Ta Sajdi – Musrat Nazir
- Mehendi Tere Haathon Mein – Wedding Gift 6 – Mehndi Kay Geet
- Mehndi Wale Raat – Wedding Gift 2 – Mehndi Kay Geet
- Mehndi Waali Raat – Chat Mangni Pat Shaadi
- Sajje Gi Meri Mehndi – Wedding Gift 6 – Mehndi Kay Geet…
- Sajna Ki Mehndi Bade Kaam Ki – Wedding Gift 6 – Mehndi Kay Geet
You can get in a lot of variations and alteration for this fun filled occasion. Hope this post was of use. Enjoy the Mehendi and its preparations.
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